Spiritual Life: January 2012 Archives

Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization 

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As we draw near to World Communications Day 2012, I would like to share with you some reflections concerning an aspect of the human process of communication which, despite its importance, is often overlooked and which, at the present time, it would seem especially necessary to recall. It concerns the relationship between silence and word: two aspects of communication which need to be kept in balance, to alternate and to be integrated with one another if authentic dialogue and deep closeness between people are to be achieved. When word and silence become mutually exclusive, communication breaks down, either because it gives rise to confusion or because, on the contrary, it creates an atmosphere of coldness; when they complement one another, however, communication acquires value and meaning.

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Jesus Christ is our light

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Baptism of Christ AVerrocchio.jpgThe days following the feasts of the Epiphany (Theophany) and the Baptism of the Lord, the Church focuses her attention on a relationship with the Lord as the Way, the Light and the Truth. The biblical narratives at Mass this week have us praying with the scenes of Christ the healer. With His baptism, Jesus' ministry inaugurated and his light now shines more brightly for us to see the path to salvation.

Jesuit Father Steven Bonian tells us that "In ... Syriac Spirituality we find St. Ephrem speaking in mystical poetry of the light of Christ residing in every Christian: the same light that Moses saw on the mountain at the burning bush; that gleamed through Mary at his incarnation, and the river Jordan at his baptism. Ephrem envisions that we too will shine forth with Christ's light at our resurrection - for all eternity!

It is very important for us to come to know Jesus Christ, our Lord, in his true light: as he really lives in the light of the Trinity. It is the ultimate grace from God the Father to have Jesus revealed to us in his true Light. This grace can only be given to those who are willing to seek it: 'ask and it will be given to you,' the Lord says."

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.



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